# How would you balance the following equation: I2+HNO3-->HIO3+NO2+H2O?

##### 1 Answer

Nov 13, 2015

This is a redox reaction, which may be approached by oxidation and reduction half equations.

#### Explanation:

Oxidation:

Elemental iodine is *oxidized* to

Reduction:

Nitric acid is *reduced* to nitric oxide

The overall redox reaction is

Alternatively, I could write:

Are the final equations balanced with respect to mass and to charge? Don't trust my arithmetic. How would I remove the half coefficient on